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# referees - Tuesday 21 January, 2014

No U-turn on black card, insists GAA

“There can be no turning back,” insists Director-General Paraic Duffy in his Annual Report.

# referees - Wednesday 8 January, 2014

United 'laughing' at officials, Moyes says

“It’s a two-legged game and I am really looking forward to the second leg,” the Scot said after latest defeat.

# referees - Tuesday 7 January, 2014

Eugene McGee: ‘Like we’d all love to tell a referee to f**k off, but you can’t do it’

The FRC chairman is hopeful that the new black card rule will help increase the respect for referees.

# referees - Thursday 2 January, 2014

Sepp Blatter urges referee action on diving

“Cutting out this kind of cheating is a matter of respect towards opponents and fans,” he said.

# referees - Tuesday 10 December, 2013

Ireland's John Lacey to referee Six Nations opener

The full list of match officials for Ireland’s 2014 Six Nations campaign has been revealed.

# referees - Saturday 23 November, 2013

5 talking points from today's Premier League action

What we made of Liverpool’s 3-3 draw with Everton and Arsenal’s Artur Boruc-inspired defeat of Southampton.

# referees - Sunday 3 November, 2013

5 talking points from this weekend's Pro12 action

Small crowds, dodgy referees and Leinster’s supporting cast make the list this week.

# referees - Friday 18 October, 2013

From The Daily Edge 22 things Irish people hate Can't Cope

22 things Irish people hate

How many do you recognise?

# referees - Wednesday 16 October, 2013

GAA's black card rule labelled as 'ridiculous' by All-Ireland club winner

St Brigid’s goalkeeper Shane Curran is unhappy with the new rule that is being introduced next January.

# referees - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

IRB appoints referees for Ireland's November internationals

Here are the men who will officiate our meetings with Samoa, Australia and New Zealand.

# referees - Thursday 19 September, 2013

Mark Halsey scores an own goal with memoir of his time as referee

With his needy sucking up to some Premier League managers the former referee does himself few favours in Added Time.

# referees - Thursday 1 August, 2013

John Allen wants new hurling referees' body

“Hurling and football are very different games,” says the Limerick hurling chief.

# referees - Monday 15 July, 2013

Here's what the new Ladies football RefCam looks like

TG4 will pilot the new piece of technology on July 27th.

# referees - Thursday 14 February, 2013

5 things we learned from this week's Champions League action

We assess Manchester United’s draw with Real Madrid, plus the problems with referees in the competition.

# referees - Saturday 3 November, 2012

Referees mulling over a Chelsea boycott - Report

Former Premier League official Clive Wilkes says many of his colleagues are disillusioned after the controversy with Chelsea.

# referees - Saturday 13 October, 2012

I shot that! The stories behind your favourite YouTube clips: Murphy’s magic moment Reel Stories This post contains videos

I shot that! The stories behind your favourite YouTube clips: Murphy’s magic moment

An iconic sporting moment captured on video.

# referees - Tuesday 2 October, 2012

Here's your Lionel Messi conspiracy theory pic of the day

The Portuguese media have come up with an innovative idea, as Benfica bid to stop the Argentinian superstar.

# referees - Saturday 29 September, 2012

NFL: Referees ratify eight-year deal following talks

An agreement has finally been reached to end the lockout, which began in July.

# referees - Friday 28 September, 2012

VIDEO: NFL refs return to standing ovation as Ravens beat Browns NFL This post contains videos

VIDEO: NFL refs return to standing ovation as Ravens beat Browns

Baltimore stretched their home winning streak to 13 games, the NFL’s longest run.

# referees - Thursday 27 September, 2012

Ref justice: NFL, referees reach deal to end lockout Replacement Refs This post contains videos

Ref justice: NFL, referees reach deal to end lockout

Regular officials will be back starting with tonight’s Thursday Night Football match between the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens.

Brian Cody (Kilkenny) on...

The Cats boss talks about the challenge of preparing for a replay and current refereeing performances.

# referees - Wednesday 26 September, 2012

FA charge Martinez over United game comments

The Wigan manager was not happy with the referee’s performance during their 4-0 defeat away at Old Trafford.

# referees - Tuesday 25 September, 2012

Gerrard, Rodgers want fair deal for Suarez

The duo claim the Uruguayan international’s reputation precedes him when it comes to referees’ decisions.

# referees - Friday 21 September, 2012

The Redzone: Crossing the zebras NFL

The Redzone: Crossing the zebras

The longer the referee strike continues in the NFL, the more players will try to take advantage of their replacements

# referees - Wednesday 15 August, 2012

U21 hurling showdowns set for Thurles

The GAA have released the details for key fixtures over the next couple of weeks and announced the referees who will take charge of this year’s All-Ireland senior football semi-finals

# referees - Monday 23 July, 2012

Dublin and Meath managers praise referee decision over O'Gara score

Eoghan O’Gara saw his shot for a point in the second-half of yesterday’s Leinster final waved wide before the white flag was then raised. Here’s what the two managers thought of the decision.

# referees - Wednesday 18 July, 2012

GAA President O'Neill backs CCCC call to move game to Portlaoise

The decision to move next Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC round three qualifier away from Newbridge has received the support of the GAA President.

# referees - Tuesday 17 July, 2012

Flynn: "I just thought it was outrageous and with the big decision in the second-half the referee absolutely done Westmeath."

The man in the middle for last Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC qualifier in Mullingar is in the firing line.

# referees - Tuesday 26 June, 2012

Premier hopeful that O'Meara can feature in provincial final showdown

The Kilruane McDonagh’s attacker is an injury concern for Tipperary in the wake of last Sunday’s Munster semi-final victory over Cork.

# referees - Tuesday 5 June, 2012

Men in the middle: Meet the Euro 2012 referees Whistle Blowers This post contains images

Men in the middle: Meet the Euro 2012 referees

Introducing the 12 officials who love the job you hate.

# referees - Tuesday 24 April, 2012

Refereeing - the impossible job

As long as managers allow their players con referees, they should not exhibit the incredible gaul it takes to call them out in public. It’s a hard enough job as it is.

# referees - Friday 16 March, 2012

Column: all eyes on the men in black this weekend

Disciplinary drama has dominated the opening weekends of the new Airtricity League season, writes Niall Kelly.

# referees - Tuesday 28 February, 2012

GAA to hold 'further talks' with Revenue on referee payments

There’ll be no change in officials’ rates for the time being, Croke Park chiefs indicate.

# referees - Friday 6 January, 2012

Here's why Amir Khan thinks someone 'interfered' with judges in that defeat

British boxer took to Twitter last night to post a series of pictures of the ringside goings on in Washington.

# referees - Thursday 13 October, 2011

Ref report card: Alain Rolland's Rugby World Cup (so far)

Yo, stats nerds. Come join us as we crunch the numbers on the Dubliner’s refereeing performances and look at what to expect from him in Saturday’s semi-final.

# referees - Wednesday 12 October, 2011

Cattermole: I only ever made one bad tackle

The midfield enforcer has called his infamous challenge on Scott Parker “the only bad tackle I’ve made in my career.” Aside from that, girly-men like Stephen Reid are to blame for his reputation.

# referees - Thursday 15 September, 2011

'Don't hate me because I'm beautiful' - Ronaldo Abuse This post contains videos

'Don't hate me because I'm beautiful' - Ronaldo

The star says fans boo him because he is “rich, handsome and a great player”. He forgot to mention modest.

# referees - Tuesday 5 July, 2011

Introducing referees' newest weapon: the free-kick marker spray

If you’ve been watching the Copa America over the last few days, you’ll know all about this little fella …

# referees - Friday 26 November, 2010

The Morning Score: Friday

Arsene Wenger seems to be in a spot of bother, Trap to take a pay cut and Cork prepare to lose another GAA star.

# referees - Tuesday 13 July, 2010

ENGLAND’S WORLD CUP final referee Howard Webb and GAA whistleblower Martin Sludden have both received death threats after less-than-satisfactory performances at the weekend.

Webb was roundly booed by fans from all sides when collecting his medal after the World Cup final, having booked 14 players and sent off the Netherlands’ Johnny Heitinga – a record card tally for a final.

Webb has since received poison pen letters from angered Dutch fans who blame Webb for their team’s defeat – prompting the British Referee’s Association to leap to his defence.

“We all want to see matches that are freeflowing and entertaining,” said a spokesman. “It was not Howard’s fault that this one was tempestuous and ugly.”

Webb has admitted to friends that Sunday night was “the most difficult two hours of my career,” according to the Daily Mail.

Sludden, meanwhile, has repeated faced the ire of Louth supporters on Facebook who have issued threats of their own over Facebook.

“Martin Sludden. What a guy! The punches yesterday were well deserved, you fat ****”, wrote one fan.